A lifelong ARRL member, who became an Amateur Radio Operator after starting the process in 1969, however, I have also been working HF, VHF and Air bands since 1990, compliments of the U.S. Air Force Aux., with that being said, if my QSO's seem rather disciplined or structured, consider where I've been since the early 90's.
Likewise, ragchews, if any, (again unknown in Mil. Comm. Ops.), may be short, however, a very friendly QSO's to be sure!
Professionally, NX3L is employed by the Boeing Co. as a Logistics / Spares Engineer, supporting the U.S. Army's CH-47 Chinook helicopter, as well as International Military operators located in the U.K., Canada, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Greece, Egypt, the U.A.E., Japan, Singapore and Austraila.
NX3L is currently involved in the following Comm. activies: Chester County ARES / RACES, within the CHESCO. Emergency Operations Center; The Penn-Del Amateur Radio Club, which administers ARES / RACES within Delaware County; The U.S. Air Force Aux. (Civil Air Patrol) radio network; The U.S. Air Force Military Aux. Radio System (MARS) network; The U.S. National Communications System -"SHARES" (H.F. Shared Resources) radio network; TheU.S. National Weather Service "SKYWARN" Program, and its radio network; The Marpel-Newtown Amateur Radio Club, for fun and technical aspects; Contesting (without chasing awards); DXing (likewise, not for wall paper); Occasionaly some CWOps;and finally, Exchange QSL cards with of the most stations I work (see below).
Sorry, I never get involved with "green stamps" or S.A.S.E.'s, regardless, I will mail a QSL card to most of the stations I work, and prefer the same in return, however, if you would rather respond via electronic (eQSL), or the ARRL Incoming QSO Bureau, that would certainly be fine.
The Radio Room is configured with the following comm. equipment:
Back-up equipment for all HF operations; consists of the ICOM IC-746PRO Transceiver, powered by the PS-125 power supply, feeding RF through either the a Gap Challenger DX-III vertical dipole antenna, the TransWorld TW2040 Adventurer vertical dipole, or the Alpha 6-160 Zepp. wire; Station also employs the ICOM SM-20 Desk Mic, SP-21 speaker as well as the Kenwood HS-5 headset.
Primary HF equipment for MARS / SHARES (as AFA3CJ); C.A.P. (as PennCap340); E-Comm., DXing, Contesting, Nets, and all other Amateur activies (as NX3L); consists of the ICOM IC-756PROIII transceiver, complete with International Radio (INRAD) Roofing Filter, likewise, its powered via a second PS-125 power supply, also feeding signals through either the Gap Challenger, the TransWorld Adventurer, or the Alpha Zepp. wire; While concurrently, employing another ICOM SM-20 Mic., as well as enhanced audio from the SP-23 external speaker, handsfree comm. is achived with the Arlan Communications, RS60CF Radiosport Headset.
RF amplification for all the above, is sometimes provided by the Ameritron ALS-600/S, .60/Kw, solid state amplifier.
Antenna Tuning Equipment; consists of the LDG AT-600Pro Auto Tuner, required only while deploying the ALS-600/S Amp. and for MARS & C.A.P. Frequencies.
Primary VHF Equipment; consists of the Yaesu FT-2200 Transceiver, likewise feeding RF through the Gap Challenger antenna.
Secondary VHF Equipment; consists of the Tait T2000-II Transceiver, resonating through the Gap Challenger as well.
VHF / UHF Hand Held Equipment; consists ofthe Yaesu FT-411 (single band) & two (2) FT-470 (dual band) Transceivers.
Vintage A.M. Equipment; consists of the WWII U.S. Military, Collins AN-ART-13 Transmitter, with a Wells-Gardner BC-348 Receiver, likewise with the original T-17 Mic, HS-33 Headset, and Dyno Power supplies etc. .
Vintage A.M. Hand Held Equipment; consists of the two WWII U.S. Military, BC-611 Transceivers (aka "walkie-talkies") of note,. all the above A.M. equipment is in museum quality condition!!
Vintage F.M. Hand Held Equipment; consists of two post WWII U.S. Military, PRC-6 Transceivers.
Vintage SSB Equipment; consists of a Heath HW-18 Transceiver with D-104 Mic. .
SWL Equipment; consists of two (2) Heath Mohicans, Grundig Satellit 800 and the Tecsun PL-660 Receiver, all aquiring (when needed) signals from the Sony AN-1, active antenna system.
Aviation Comm. Equipment; consists of two (2) Ten-Tec TT-920 Hand Held Transceivers, a Telex AT-920 Hand Held Transceiver, as well as the Sony ICF-8650 Professional Aircraft Receiver.
SKYWARN Weather Reporting Equiptment; consists of the Davis Insturments Vantage Pro2, Wireless Weather Station, w/ fan asperation, and heated rain collector, with real time data available on line.
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